Women's Soccer msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State women's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season this afternoon, falling 2-1 in overtime to the No.9 Wisconsin Badgers. The Spartans competed hard for 90 minutes, but surrendered the game deciding goal off a corner kick in the first minute of overtime. Becca Harrison was the hero for the Badgers, scoring both goals in the win.
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  Extending offers is the easy part for Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. But getting prospects to sign—the ones he really wants—has been a challenge. In recent years, the veteran Spartans coach has slipped a bit on the recruiting trails, failing to snag big-time talents—such as Cliff Alexander and Jabari Parker—who were thought to be locks for East Lansing.
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Volleyball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State snapped a three-match skid with a four-set win over Oregon State (26-24, 24-26, 25-23, 25-21) on Saturday in Corvallis. MSU improves to 5-3 on the season, while OSU suffers its first loss of the year (7-1).
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Football freep.com —  At least one NFL draft analyst believes that Michigan State junior quarterback Connor Cook could be a first-round pick next spring. Daniel Jeremiah, an analyst for the NFL Network and a former scout for the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, said today on the Dan Patrick Show that he expects “at least three” quarterbacks to be first-round picks in the spring. Jeremiah said he could get in trouble with his bosses for giving specific projections on underclassmen, but he told Patrick of Cook: “I think he’s got a chance to be one of the top three quarterbacks. You like how I wiggled around that?”
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Football mlive.com —  Lippett ranks third in the nation with 150 yards receiving per game, pulling in a career-high 11 catches for 133 yards in last Saturday's 46-27 loss at No. 2 Oregon. The senior from Detroit Crockett High School said he told his teammates after the loss to the Ducks it's better to get the defeat out of the way, indicating Lippett doesn't plan to lose again.
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Volleyball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State heads west for a pair of Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge matches, against No. 18 Oregon and Oregon State.
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Cross Country msuspartans.com —  Rachele Schulist of the Michigan State women's cross country team has been named the USTFCCCA Women's NCAA Division I National Athlete of the Week, while also claiming Big Ten Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors. She is the first member of the Spartans to win the national honor this season and the second to earn the Big Ten award, joining men's teammate Nick Moon (Sept. 2). Discuss »
Football freep.com —  See, recruiting stars aren’t always meaningless — two of Michigan State’s most heralded 2014 recruits have become two essential freshmen this season. And in the trenches, no less. Offensive lineman Brian Allen (one of six “four-star” recruits in the class, according to rivals.com) and defensive tackle Malik McDowell (the only “five-star”) both said during camp that they were open-minded about playing vs. redshirting. As it turns out, No. 13 MSU (1-1) needs both badly, and both have been impressive in extensive reserve roles through two games.
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Football detroitnews.com —  If there is a team that understands it’s possible to bounce back from an early season loss, it likely is Michigan State. The Spartans’ defeat at the hands of No. 2 Oregon on Saturday was a frustrating one, especially considering how well Michigan State played through almost three quarters, opening up a nine-point lead before the Ducks exploded for 28 straight points. But the Spartans have been down this road before.
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Field Hockey statenews.com —  One of the biggest questions a coach must ask themselves after a close loss is whether her team lost out on an opportunity or left everything on the field. Following a weekend split that saw a loss to American in double overtime, field hockey head coach Helen Knull feels confident that her team is leaving everything they have on the field. After splitting two games for the second weekend in a row, it could be easy for players and coaches to get frustrated with results without looking at the whole picture.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The Sporting News had the Spartans as runners-up, just behind Wisconsin, which is coming off of a Final Four appearance. Athlon has the Spartans one spot below that in third, with Nebraska in the second spot. Lindy’s, meanwhile, has Michigan State all the way down in ninth place, behind Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa and Indiana, in order.
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Field Hockey statenews.com —  Following a weekend split for MSU field hockey (2-2 overall), the Spartans have dropped three spots to No. 19 in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll. In its two wins, MSU was the better team on the field in each game and had the look of a team that won the Big Ten Tournament last year. In their two losses, they played nationally ranked opponents to close finishes. They took No. 4 Duke to overtime and lost in the waining seconds, and on Sunday, the Spartans dropped a 1-0 contest to No. 18 American in double overtime.
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Football spartansportsnetwork.com —  Will Tieman and Coach Dantonio take a look back at last Saturday's game at Oregon.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio doesn't have a Heisman Trophy vote, but it's pretty clear if he did that Oregon's Marcus Mariota would be somewhere near the top. Dantonio said going into last Saturday's game with the Ducks that he prepared his team for a quarterback who could lead and make plays, and that's exactly what Mariota did in directing No. 2 Oregon to a 46-27 win over the No. 13 Spartans at Autzen Stadium.
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Football mlive.com —  While most of the sports world is ripping the Big Ten as a weak football conference, MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo came to the conference's defense on Monday, Sept. 8 at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc.
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Men's Golf msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State men's golf team shot a 14-over-par 298 in the third and final round of the Gopher Invitational on Monday to take eighth overall with a total score of 900 (300-302-298). Gareth Lappin carded an even-par 71, the lowest single-round of any Spartan in the tournament, to finish tied for 12th place at 7-over 220.
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Football detroitnews.com —  After Saturday's 46-27 defeat at the hands of Oregon, it's clear that this unit — while it showed flashes of dominance against the Ducks — still has plenty of work to do to become the elite group it has been the previous three seasons.
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Women's Soccer statenews.com —  MSU finished its non-conference schedule on Sunday, and thanks to a game-winning goal against Western Michigan, the team is undefeated after its first six games.After a challenging early-season schedule, MSU (6-0 overall) has shown clear improvements from last year.
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Football mlive.com —  In the first game of his first season as a full-time starter in the NFL, former Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer led a 24-point second-half comeback on the road. He came up three points short of a win, though.
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